house updates

Our house has become a monster. We are creating new projects left and right – we see something new to change every other day. SO, we are taking a break. We need to prioritize and be realistic about it. The new approach looks a little something like this – new trim for the kitchen/sitting space, area rugs, living room and sitting space furniture, and more painting. We have one wall left to paint white by the stairwell then onto the living room walls [color yet to be decided]. We plan to take a road trip to Missoula in July/August to check out some thrift stores – we are on the hunt for unique furniture. I have a built-in project in the works for the living room. Right now we have these random extra deep “closets” with horrid dark brown bi-fold doors. I am hoping for some glass cabinets and a bar to make sense of the space. Lastly, we finally picked up our piano from storage – it fits perfectly in it’s new home – brings a little completion.  Although – after placing it we realized our floor slants to such a degree the right front wheel is about an inch off the ground. ha!

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Other than that – we need to do random things like put stuff on the walls, buy curtains and make the laundry room more user friendly, by user friendly I mean, making it so I can reach the detergent. The yard and exterior will have to wait until next year, or the year after that.

In other news, the weather is amazing and getting outdoors is taking precedence over everything.

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The [almost] finished gable wall!

I couldn’t wait any longer to take pictures. We have two more pieces to go and then the wall is finally done. I’ve spent most of the morning slow cooking homemade spaghetti sauce, paleo banana muffins and two carafe’s of coffee to keep myself occupied. At least the house smells amazing!!

I love it, mick loves it and buddy is ready to come out from under the table. One of the best parts of this entire project is we only spent money on a box of nails. whoop!

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Wood

We are back in the swing of things. It can be difficult to decide which project to tackle. There are so many things we want to do but baby steps are important. Our reclaimed wood has been sitting outside for weeks, so this weekend we tackled paneling our gallery wall.This is truly Mick’s project. He didn’t tell me anything about what he was thinking and just went to work. Today he completed half the wall, we need a fairly tall ladder for the rest. So far, it looks awesome and we are very pleased with the results. It adds so much texture and character to the space. We now have to decide on a trim style to replace the old stuff  – these details can make such a difference when implementing a style. I can’t wait to see it complete! Here’s a sneak peak…

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Five pounds later

Mick’s mom leaves Tuesday. whomp whomp. It’s been awesome having her here and she’s spoiled us rotten. Lil Buddy is going to need xanax when she’s gone. He has to be by her side at all times and they talk to each other throughout the day. He sleeps with her every night and actually smells like her now. I hope she doesn’t smell like him. This weekend we are making the best of every hour with delicious meals, movies, and martinis. I will need a detox come Wednesday.

We are back in the game! House projects are set to resume and we have quite a few ahead of us. Remember how Mick wanted weathered wood for our main kitchen wall? Welp, he used his charm and acquired 90 feet of an old white picket fence, fo free, and all he has to do is pick it up.

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He has been working on a new condo – the fence was between what used to be an empty lot and the neighboring house. The neighbor isn’t too pleased to be rid of a fence, so, they are taking it down as they put up a new one [the homeowner also asked if he could toss his wife in the new sewage ditch they’re digging – happy guy]. Once we get it to the house we will go through, pick the best pieces and set the layout. I really didn’t think it would happen this soon and I dreaded it costing an arm, a leg and a lil buddy! Although, I did dream about bugs climbing from the walls and vacuuming them up as I freak a freak…I’m sure this won’t happen. [tell me this won’t happen!] Mick is super pumped and I don’t know how this thing works so it should be an experience. We are also still mulling over a couch. We picked the fabric and are pretty certain on the style, it’s just pressing “continue to checkout” and waiting four weeks for it to be made. ugh. Once we make said decision, we will be doing minor construction on the living room to widen it and create a more usable space. More to come on that.

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I’m a sucker for free shipping

I hate shopping. I hate the mall, the strip mall, the boutique experience in general – not my thang. I rarely find treasures because I lack whatever gumption required for digging through a clothes rack/goodwill box/$1 CD bin. I do however, love putting items in my imaginary online cart especially when the challenge is to meet a free shipping requirement. It’s rare that I often “continue to checkout,” it’s more the challenge and excitement of pretending I can do/buy whatever I want. (Amazon Prime is the devil because it’s practically overnight shipping, for free!) We found a couch (online of course) and the discount for new shoppers covers the shipping cost…I’m screwed. I am currently shuffling around fabric samples, making a pro/con list and getting way to excited about actually pressing “continue.” 

 

guest room

We are looking forward to at least two, hoping for three, weekends without a house project while the MIL is here. This weekend has gone by way to fast between running errands, buying beds, painting 15 foot tall walls, and cleaning. We need an exploration weekend, or two. All that said, the guest room is complete! We used our old mantle as the headboard, curtains are West Elm (they were in our master bedroom), all trinkets are Target steals and/or antiques, mirror – TJ Maxx, dresser – very old but refurbished, and knobs – Anthropologie. The cameras are finds from our time in Nashville and Virginia antique stores and the bottle – Farmers Organic gin – handcrafted heaven. It was our first gin adventure in Idaho. The botanicals are a unique combination of juniper, elderflower, lemongrass, coriander and angelica root. Like I said, heaven.  I will save our recipe for another time, after all, this about the house.

I don’t have any before photos, but picture an empty room with doo doo tan walls and a peach accent wall. barf.

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Plans for the next month to include, but not limited to: sampling at least three new gins, driving North to Sandpoint, ID (#4 on the nations top ten mountain towns…our town was #1, no big deal), long talks, movies, laughing and stuffing our faces around town. We found an awesome Hungarian breakfast joint this morning. Mick ordered stuffed french toast – two massive slices – sandwiching ham, sausage and eggs. I ordered a lame healthy omelette with a side, of my very first, biscuits and gravy. X’s over eyes, died and went to heaven delicious. I know quite a few friends back east and south who would eat there every.single.day.

Kitchen!

The cabinets are complete! Whoop! It really changes the space and we are pretty pumped with the results. Not only does it brighten everything, it brings a modern twist to what originally was a river cabin. We have quite a few walls left to paint, blerg. Despite my hatred of painting, I am thrilled to have the kitchen complete…it’s my happiest place.

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We are also almost finished with the guest room – it’s looking supa fly and I can’t wait to put it together. Yesterday we got owned by Target and all it’s glory. We kept it under $100 which can be pretty difficult [under $100 means $98]. Yay for finishing projects and actually enjoying it!